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New doctors linked to unnecessary deaths, especially in July
(NaturalNews) If you plan on going to a teaching hospital for a test or elective procedure, here's a warning that could save your life: Stay away from the hospital in July. The reason? According to a new study headed by Dr. David Phillips and Gwendolyn Barker from the University of California, San Diego, fatal medication errors soar that month -- especially in teaching hospitals.
The research, which was just published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found a clear association between inexperienced physicians and deadly medical errors. Specifically, the spike in hospital deaths each year from medication mistakes (such as accidental overdoses, wrong drugs given, and accidents in the use of drugs during medical and surgical procedures) in July coincided exactly with the annual influx of thousands of rookie doctors who begin their medical residencies and take on responsibility for patient care that month.
This July peak in fatal drug errors was seen only in counties with teaching hospitals. In fact, the greater the concentration of teaching hospitals in a region, the greater the July spike in deaths. This was no little insignificant blip in the number of fatal physician screw-ups, either. The number of July deaths from medication mistakes linked to new doctors was a full 10 percent higher than the expected level.
Read more: Natural News
Originally posted by Dennislp3
I would have to say though that it may not be as bad as it seems....10% is not actually a large number in most hospitals....
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Haha. Yeah they have to learn somehow...but not on us, eh? Really interesting to think about.
Originally posted by Danna
I think this is somewhat an insult to new doctors.
While it may be true that deaths increase at this time of the year, it is also true that GREAT work is still done at this time of the year!
Originally posted by FortAnthem
reply to post by azrael36
BTW, your son looks great. You can't even see the scar.
Thanks!!! He's a member of the tin foil hat brigade in training